TV Guide recently spoken to Julie Plec about what we can expect this season.
Can we expect reconciliation between Elena and Stefan soon?
Julie Plec: We can expect movement, we can expect breakthroughs, we can expect honest conversations and we can expect some frustration as they continue to try to rediscover if those feelings that were so strong in the beginning still exist. Did they go away and has Stefan ruined it forever? Or does Elena still have a willingness and an ability to love him? In the midst of all that, [we’ll] confront the question of what exactly has evolved and transpired in the Damon and Elena friendship that’s gotten so far this year. The rest of the season is going to be circling around those questions.
Damon made it very clear that he is much better at being the bad guy than Stefan is. Will he now give up on Elena? Will he turn bad again?
Plec: The beauty of Damon is he never really gives up. He acts out, he takes a stand, he has opinions, but when all is said and done, if brother’s in a crisis, if girl’s in a crisis, if the world is in a crisis, Damon inevitably can’t help himself and he’s got to find his way back in. This week’s episode really shows that perfect balance of Damon being nasty and sarcastic and angry, and yet really illuminating at his core that he is a very heroic person. It’s the constant Damon evolution.
Alaric (Matt Davis) was shot by Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) in the previous episode. What can you tease about his future?
Plec: Alaric, with his tragic and unfortunate luck with the ladies, has just found himself nearly murdered by a human. Had she aimed the gun one inch to the right, he probably would be dead right now. A little spoiler alert, but of the duh variety: We will actually see Alaric again and he’ll find himself in this week’s episode caught right smack in the center of this murder investigation. We’ll start to get a lot of answers about what’s going on, and who’s behind what and who is going to take the fall for the serial killings that are going down in the town.
Now that it’s been revealed there’s another white oak tree, how will that change the direction of the rest of the season?
Plec: The discovery that there was another tree planted in absence of the original one that was burnt down, that definitely sets Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) on edge a little. They just temporarily defeated their mother, who was trying to annihilate them, so they couldn’t even enjoy that victory for a short minute before they learned that there’s another weapon out there. That being said, right now they’re the only ones who know that that weapon is out there. We’ll see how long Rebekkah is able to hold onto that secret. The answer is probably not very long. We’ll see what Damon does to get a hold of that information and to figure out what she’s snooping around about and why.
Abby’s transition obviously won’t go as smoothly as Caroline’s did. How will Caroline (Candice Accola) help Bonnie’s mother through this?
Plec: The beauty of Caroline is that a control freak in her human life became a very, very, very well controlled vampire when all those things got magnified. Nobody else is blessed with that kind of obsessive, compulsive, dedication to perfection as Caroline. With Abby (Persia White), what we’ll see is that a witch is connected to the Earth, and when you turn a witch into a vampire, she’s no longer a witch, so it’s losing a part of yourself. It’s not just losing your humanity, it’s losing what really connected your soul to God, if you want to get religious about it. It’s not going to be easy for her or Bonnie (Katerina Graham), because there’s no spell she can whip up to help. It’s, “How do I help my mother here, who I don’t know very well, who left me? We just barely got our relationship going, now how do I help her find her true self in all this tragedy?”
TV Line has the scoop with Julie Plec.
• The March 29 episode has a lot more to offer than just the image of Rebekah taking a knife to a shirtless Damon. “There’s an amazing bonding moment for both Elena and Damon and for Stefan and Damon,” says Ian Somerhalder. But back to the torture…. “Damon does something really crappy to Rebekah, and she gets mad and decides to stab him up and make him bleed,” explains Plec. Adds Somerhalder: “These Originals have an appetite for destruction, and they act on it.”
• If at first you don’t succeed, try again. “This is not the last we’ve seen of the Originals or of the mother’s plan to try to take out her children,” teases Plec.
• Don’t hold your breath for Katherine’s return any time soon. Even though she’s had romantic entanglement with both Salvatore brothers, “there is no love story that is more important than Katherine and her own self-interest and freedom,” says Plec. Translation: Katherine is a smart cookie and knows when to get out of Dodge.
• Bonnie will be dealing with repairing her friendship with Elena. “I don’t think she really believes that Elena did anything to sabotage her relationship with her mother,” says Kat Graham. “I’m sure that she’s going to eventually have to work through whatever she’s dealing with.” On another friendship front, “You’ll definitely see a lot of stuff with Caroline and Bonnie working together.” There’s also some love on the horizon for the witch!
Spoilers for episode 3.16 “1912” from E!Online and Zap2it
1. Ruh-Roh, Alaric’s in Trouble: Fear not, Alaric (Matt Davis) fans: Your favorite teacher-by-day/vampire-hunter-by-night is not dead. Duh-doy! In the beginning of the episode, Ric finds himself behind bars. As for Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) pulling a gun on him at the end of the last episode? Let’s just say it wasn’t a dream sequence.
Also, fans of the history teacher will be happy to know we learn a bit more about Alaric’s life before he ever came into Mystic Falls (memories!), including some information about his time at Duke. It seems even men beyond the Salvatore brothers have interesting pasts…
2. Elena Opens Up: One of our favorite scenes is actually a conversation between Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Matt (Zach Roerig), who spend a lot of the episode playing Sherlock and Watson (aka getting their detective on!). In the scene, Elena finally touches on her feelings for both brothers and it’s really insightful for the viewers…and Matt, who may or may not still have feelings for his first love. Perfect writing is perfect, y’all! Kudos to executive producer Julie Plec who penned this episode, by the way.
3. Blood Brothers: Have you been missing the deep and meaningful scenes between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) that have nothing to do with Elena? Then prepare to luuuurve this episode, because it’s all about the Salvatore brothers’ love-hate relationship. When we catch up with the boys in 1912, they haven’t spoken for 50 years and it’s an understatement to say things are tense. As for the present, Damon tries to help his baby bro with his control issues, which leads to some of Damon’s best one-liners ever. Seriously, don’t take a shot every time Damon says something funny/witty/awesome in this episode because you will end up in the hospital. Fact.
P.S.: Caroline (Candice Accola) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) don’t appear in the episode, but their situation with Abby (Persia White) is addressed. Also not in the episode? Klaus (Joseph Morgan), who is probably off sketching horses or something. Don’t worry, his sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) is lurking around, eager to interrupt Stefan and Damon’s bonding at the bar.